Opinion 19-82

August 1, 2019

Dear :


         This responds to your inquiry (19-82) concerning conflicts arising out of your law clerk’s prior employment. Specifically, you ask if you may permit your law clerk to work on cases in which he/she provided coverage for a colleague at a single court appearance, as 18-B or attorney for the child, if all parties waive the conflict.

         We have previously advised that a judge must insulate his/her law clerk from all cases in which the law clerk was personally involved during his/her prior employment; and the insulation neither expires, nor may it be waived nor remitted (see Opinions 18-182; 15-233; and 15-43). The judge must disclose the law clerk’s insulation and explain its reason (see Opinions 18-182 and 09-27).

         Enclosed for your convenience, are Opinions 18-182; 15-233; 15-43; and 09-27 for your review, which address this issue.

                                                  Very truly yours,

                                                  George D. Marlow, Assoc Justice

                                                  Appellate Div., First Dept. (Ret)

                                                  Committee Co-Chair


                                                   Hon. Margaret T. Walsh

                                                   Supreme Court Justice

                                                   Committee Co-Chair